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Good Bank in Texas....

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by bigdogtx, Aug 4, 2011.

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  1. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

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    Texas Bank Sign

    In case you would like to change your bank, I suggest this one. I'm sure you'll understand when I say 'Here is a sign I'd like to see on MY bank.' Notice the sign on the front door.

    Chappell Hill is a small town between Houston and Brenham on Hwy 290.



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    Any would-be robbers planning to walk into the bank here had best think twice. There is a new sign in town. About a month ago, Chappell Hill Bank president Edward Smith looked at a sign on the front door prohibiting concealed weapons from his business and decided to make a policy change. Licensed to carry a handgun? Come on in, and bring your weapon.

    The sign, now prominently displayed on the bank's front door, says: "Lawful concealed carry permitted on these premises. Management recognizes the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as an inalienable right of all citizens. We therefore support and encourage the carrying of licensed concealed weapons."

    Smith said he made the policy change to send a warning to potential robbers, and also to express support for Americans right to bear arms. "We had the sign on the window, the red circle with the pistol inside and a line through. I started thinking. We've got this no gun sign up and a robber can come in and do what he wants. But if you've got a policy allowing handguns, he won't know how many people are going to be in here carrying a concealed weapon. There may be some little old lady who's mad at the government, and she'd love to use it" he said.

    The bank has been robbed twice in the last three years, including last March when a Western-attired man walked in, ordered bank employees to fill a canvas bag with money and then fled in a pickup truck. The man, who did not brandish a weapon, has not been caught.

    The sign has made Chappell Hill Bank and Smith somewhat of an Internet sensation. A photo of the sign has made its way around the world, and Smith has even been interviewed for the National Rifle Association's radio network www.nranews.com/#/nranews. He's also been contacted by other media outlets wanting to do stories. "It's kind of gotten a life of its own" he said. Expressions of support have far outnumbered criticism. Smith has been contacted by officials from larger banks considering taking similar action, and has received e-mails in support from across the United States and even from England, Canada, and Germany.

    "I haven't gotten any from Chicago or California, which doesn't surprise me", Smith said with a laugh. "We did get a real nice email from an 88-year-old World War II veteran who said it's about time somebody stood up in this country." The NRA has even invited him to speak at an upcoming convention, but Smith said, "I'm still deciding on that." Smith said he's only received one negative e-mail, from an anonymous sender.

    The policy change has also brought Chappell Hill Bank a handful of new customers and comments from people outside Washington County that they'd bank there if they lived here, said Smith. "I tell them that we're a full-service bank and we're on the Internet. They can bank online", he said.
     
  2. trapshootin hippie

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    "We had the sign on the window,the red circle with the pistol inside and a line through." ------- "We've got this no gun sign up and a robber can come and do what he wants."

    The above statements aren't actually true, a concealed carry permit holder is still able to lawfully take his handgun inside the bank, the red sign with a handgun in it means nothing to the license holder.

    Good to see the banker in support of the 2nd Ammendment.

    GneJ
     
  3. Rick Barker

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    Not true in some states. The law in Colorado for example forbids CCW holders to carry where a private business or public place specficially forbids concealed weapons.

    The CCW holder has the right to not do business with the enterprise that forbids weapons on their premises.
     
  4. X Trap 2

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    Capital $45,000 in gold.
     
  5. trapshootin hippie

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    Rick, this bank is in Texas tho, not Colorado.
     
  6. noknock1

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    Florida/Disney as well, try carrying a pocket knife into one of the parks let alone a gun...
     
  7. Rick Barker

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    I did not see a mention in your thread as to applying to a particular state.

    While that might be true in Texas, I would have a problem with a law that said someone could carry a weapon on my property, and I did not want weapons on my private property.
     
  8. John Galt

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    Business owners in Texas can prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons by CCW permitees into their business but they must use a sign with specific wording and, of course, also be in Spanish. There is also a minimum size requirement. A picture of a gun with a slash through it doesn't meet the requirement.
     
  9. porky

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    Not all banks in Texas or the south for that matter, are not FDIC backed. If they lose your money, you will not have the government backing. Maybe that is the reason for the sign.
     
  10. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

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    That would be the downgraded government that will save the banks????
     
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